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Why Do So Many Sexual Assaults in the U.S. Military Go Unpunished? | NYT Opinion

Service members are more likely to be assaulted by a fellow soldier than shot by an enemy at war. The crisis persists because of an archaic set of rules that gives commanders control over whether perpetrators are prosecuted. In this video guest essay, a Republican senator, a former military prosecutor and a survivor argue that sexual assault cases should be handled by independent, specialized prosecutors.

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26 Comments

  • Alex Stockton

    Hi, I'm Alex Stockton, a video producer for NYT Opinion. If you have any questions about how we made this video, or the proposed changes to how the military handles sexual assault cases, drop them here and I’ll try to answer some.

  • Ruthie Noël Marie

    Don’t they have cameras all around those bases? Seriously…put cameras everywhere and make these creeps liable for their disgusting actions.

  • Windy's Soluciones

    There are 300,000 military personal, compare that to a city of 300,000 people, the stats are in favor of the military, there are 75% more issues in the city, not the military.

  • Park Ave

    Buy a gun, and install a peep hole and several ways to see who’s at your door. You should have killed that cop and do the time. That’s what I’d do

  • The Prince

    Victims get assaulted too much in our great nation it happens in public schools too they call it misconduct and blame the victim and courts dismiss or buy them off with tax dollars but armed forces assault is deliberately covered up

  • 420protoman1

    To the question proposed, I would ask “why run from James okeefe and project veritas if you are not guilty?”

  • The Homeless Travel Network Airways

    The NY filth times hates the military 🤮🤮🤮🤮🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

  • The Homeless Travel Network Airways

    These forensic audits of the 2020 BALLOTS are so bad the brave 🇺🇸 military will probably have to remove Joe Biden from the White House.

  • CJ Yang

    casualties of war….collateral damage….call it whatever you want…..female soldier bodies are turning up dead and no one is being convicted enough said…..

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  • Jackie Hawkins

    Army veteran here and female, I served 7 years active duty and was a sergeant when I left. Sexual assault is common in the Army. And the military has been very reactive instead of proactive in combating it. It wasn’t until they were openly criticized that we started seeing training, programs, and initiatives to help fight the trend. This video is very correct in the explanation of how the chain of command works, and it makes it very easy for bias and discrimination to occur. Most commanders don’t want the trouble or paperwork of a sexual assault and will try to handle it ‘at the lowest level’. While I was in, there were resources and designated advocates- however, the information was not well distributed and the process was a little complicated. And just the potential for pushback or concern for their career was enough to deter most soldiers from reporting incidents. We also have a very heavy drinking culture and we are very male dominated. Females are still looked down on in the military and are not treated with the same respect. Heaven forbid you have children while serving like I did- they label you ‘worthless’ when you’re pregnant or recovering from giving birth. There is an underlying lack of respect for women in the military, chain of command infrastructure that makes it easy to abuse others or dismiss problems, and a drinking culture all happening within a highly stressful environment where most soldiers are kept in close quarters to each other. There needs to be a better way to handle these assaults and bigger punishments to deter.

  • Ethan O. McBride

    I remember giving a speech on this topic at my high school’s first Academic Decathlon meet. I remember thinking how outrageous it was that it had been happening so openly for so long. That was 6 years ago.

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